Modern Times Coffee

Black House Blend Cold Brew

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Ethiopia; Sumatra, Indonesia

Roast: NA

Est. Price: $3.99/12-ounce can

Review Date: July 2018

Agtron: NA/

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

A ready-to-drink bottled black coffee tested over ice. Briskly vivacious and intricate. Complex berry notes (blueberry, strawberry), almond, sandalwood, lilac-like flowers. Sweetly bright in structure; full and lightly syrupy in mouthfeel. Flavor persists without loss of distinction with added whole milk. A nitro (nitrogenated) version of this blend displayed a livelier mouthfeel though somewhat less clearly articulated flavor.


This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a tasting of ready-to-drink bottled black coffees for Coffee Review’s July 2018 tasting report. Sold in 12-ounce cans. Prepared by the cold-brew method, which involves prolonged steeping of ground coffee in cold or room-temperature water and subsequent filtering. Contains no additives or ingredients other than coffee and water. The green coffee used to produce this beverage is blend of 90% Ethiopia dried-in-the-fruit or “natural”-processed coffee and 10% Sumatra wet-hulled coffee. Modern Times is a well-loved, exuberantly inventive Point Loma, San Diego brewery that has long specialized in coffee-beer crossovers and overlaps. Visit www.moderntimescoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A cleanly fruit-forward and refreshing cold coffee with a brisk structure and plush mouthfeel.

This review originally appeared in the July, 2018 tasting report: Cold-Brewed Black Coffees: Quality in a Can?

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